Kyrgyz in Italy


Population
900
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The name "Kyrgyz" means "the descendants of 40 maidens." The flag of Kyrgyzstan has 40 sun rays to represent this heritage. Although they are related to the Kazakhs and other Turkic peoples of the region, the Kyrgyz look very much like the Mongols.


Where Are they Located?

There is a Kyrgyz diaspora that is mainly in other Central Asian nations and Russia, but a small number have migrated to Italy and other countries in the West. Many of the Kyrgyz people in Italy live in Milan, a city in Italy's north.


What Are Their Lives Like?

There is an award-winning Kyrgyz club in the US, Germany and Italy that promotes charities and Kyrgyz culture. It unites the Kyrgyz people into one community.

Music, dance and story-telling are important parts of the Kyrgyz culture. Verbal folklore has been very well developed over the years. The Kyrgyz have the longest oral epic in the word entitled "Manas." It contains 100,000 lines of verse. They sing folk tales accompanied by a three-stringed guitar called a dombra.

Kyrgyz women enjoy more freedoms than do most other Central Asian women. For example, they are not required to wear veils. They are allowed to talk to men.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Consecutive waves of Islamization have taken place since the Arabs first invaded Talas in 751 when many Kyrgyz tribes were still in Siberia. Northern nomadic tribes were able to skirt many of the Islamic traditions until recently. Within the last 200 years, the majority of the Kyrgyz people converted to Islam. Currently, in Kyrgyzstan there is an effort to bring the Kyrgyz people to a more orthodox form of Islam. Since 1990, over 3000 new mosques have been built in Kyrgyzstan. This movement is not affecting the Kyrgyz who live in Italy.

Soviets were never able to change the Kyrgyz beliefs, even though they tried a number of methods including changing the alphabet, outlawing religious activity, and propaganda.

Today, most Kyrgyz still consider themselves to be Muslim, although shamanism is a powerful force among the Kyrgyz people, even those who have left the country. (Shamanism is the belief that there is an unseen world of many gods, demons, and ancestral spirits. Many Kyrgyz people still turn to mediums and seers to cure sickness with magic, communicate with powers and control events. Almost all Kyrgyz believers have to go through a breaking of demonic powers over their lives once they decide to follow Christ.


What Are Their Needs?

Kyrgyz people in Italy need to be trained to work in the 21st century. They need skills to work in an urban environment. Their background, which is rural, does not prepare them for life in the cities of Italy.


Prayer Points

* Pray that God will provide finances for training materials in the Kyrgyz language.
* Pray that the Kyrgyz people would renounce the forces of evil that possess them through the occult.
* Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers to the Kyrgyz and other Muslim peoples in Italy.
* Ask God to grant favor and wisdom to mission agencies focusing on the Kyrgyz.
* Pray for effectiveness of the JESUS Film among the Kyrgyz in Italy.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften their hearts towards believers so that they will be receptive to the gospel.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Kyrgyz people in Italy.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12933/KG
http://old.kabar.kg/eng/economics/full/11271
http://www.kyrgyzclub.org/en/Global/64


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kyrgyz
People Name in Country Kyrgyz
Population in Italy 900
World Population 4,863,100
Total Countries 12
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Kara, Ke'erkezi, Kirghiz, Kirgiz, कयरग्ज़
People ID 12933
ROP3 Code 105550
Country Italy
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Italy
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Language Kyrgyz (900 speakers)
Language Code kir   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kyrgyz
Primary Language Kyrgyz (900 speakers)
Language Code kir   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kyrgyz

Primary Language:  Kyrgyz

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1982-2016)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1991-2005)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1995-2004)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Greater Grace (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kyrgyz
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.09 %)
0.20 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.80 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Doc Kozzak  Creative Commons 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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